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Jan. 7, 2015
Wildlife Commission Welcomes First Female Member

   The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission on Monday welcomed Leigh Gaddis of Ada as its newest member. Gaddis, whose appointment by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin was announced Dec. 8, is the first woman to serve as a Wildlife Conservation Commissioner since the board was established in 1925.

   Gaddis will complete the unexpired term of the late Harland Stonecipher as Commissioner from District 4, which includes Creek, Lincoln, Okfuskee, Seminole, Pottawatomie, Pontotoc, Hughes, Johnston and Coal counties. Stonecipher, of Centrahoma, died Nov. 10, 2014, having served as a Wildlife Conservation Commissioner since 1993.

   "I am extremely honored by this appointment," Gaddis said. "I'm looking forward to being part of the team to help do what's best in regards to wildlife conservation and preserving the beauty and the natural resources the state of Oklahoma has to offer."

   Gaddis is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association; a member of Safari Club International; supporter of National Wild Turkey Federation; annual participant in the Oklahoma City Gun Club's "Women on Target" Shooting Clinic; and helped host the Governor's Big Buck Hunt in 2011.

   "I look forward to working on wildlife management issues," she said. "My goal is to gather and assess information - the more information, the better - so that all viewpoints are considered and sound decisions will be made on behalf of the state, whether those decisions concern landowners, hunters, anglers or others interested in the outdoors."

   Gaddis said she invites the experienced guidance of her fellow commissioners as she learns how to make positive contributions to the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission, the eight-member board that serves as the advisory, administrative and policy-making body for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.

   She and her husband, Roger, co-founded Gaddis & Gaddis Wealth Management, a financial planning and investment business that has operations in Ada, Ardmore, Durant and McAlester. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology education from East Central University.

   Gaddis enjoys hunting and fishing with her husband and four sons. She also participates in shooting sports and particularly enjoys being able to help friends become more comfortable around firearms.

   Fallin said Gaddis brings to the commission a passion for hunting, fishing and the outdoors. "Leigh Gaddis is an avid outdoor enthusiast and a leader within the community," the governor said.

   In Ada, Gaddis is a member of the Mercy Hospital Ada Circle of Friends, the East Central University Foundation's President's Circle and the Leadership Ada Committee. She serves as a mentor on the Ada High School Student Mentoring Program and as an elder and committee chairman at First Presbyterian Church.

   Her appointment to the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission is Gaddis' first opportunity to serve in a statewide capacity.

 

Leigh Gaddis of Ada is the newest member of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission.